More charges laid in international stolen auto network in Burlington, Mississauga

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Published August 1, 2023 at 1:33 pm

A vehicle is stolen every 48 minutes in Ontario. HRPS PHOTO

Two men arrested and charged with over 30 offences earlier this year after a lengthy investigation into a large organized international stolen auto network in Burlington, Mississauga and other areas in the GTA are facing further charges.

The concluded investigation by the Halton Regional Police Service Auto Theft Task Force has also led to the recovery of more stolen vehicles.

Earlier this year in February, investigators executed search warrants at locations in Burlington and Mississauga and arrested the two men.

Sulieman Alhamarneh, 39, of Mississauga has also been charged with one count of fraud over $5000.

Mohamed Sous, 47, of Etobicoke is wanted for 21 counts of use of a forged document. Sous is believed to have fled the country.

Both men had already been charged with trafficking in stolen property (14 counts), possession of stolen property over $5,000 and possession of an automobile master key.

In November of 2022, HRPS officers began investigating two suspects believed to be trafficking stolen vehicles out of a warehouse in Burlington.

Vehicles were stolen from throughout the GTA and loaded onto shipping containers intended for Dubai, UAE.

The investigation has led to the recovery of an additional 10 vehicles. In all 45 vehicles valued at approximately $3 million dollars have now been recovered over the span of six months.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Regional Auto Theft Task Force at 905-825-4777, ext. 3407.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or through their website at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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